• Colorado Ski Country USA Double Diamond Awards L-R: Tony Marci, Copper Mountain Resort; Ryan Kempfer, Monarch Mountain; Chris Blanchard, Telluride Ski Resort; Tom Jankovsky, Sunlight Mountain Resort; Andrew Roy, Eldora Mountain Resort; Gary DeFrange, Winter Park Resort; Tom Schofield, Arapahoe Basin; Meredith Smith, Arapahoe Basin; Drew Warren, Aspen Snowmass

    Industry Leaders Recognized for Excellence in Competition, Patrol, Instruction, Operations and Ski Area Management In celebration of Colorado’s 2016-17 ski season, Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA) wrapped up its 54th Annual Meeting by hosting the annual Double Diamond Awards. The awards ceremony...

  • Photo by Tripp Fay courtesy of Copper Mountain

    2016-17 Estimated as State’s Second Best Season on Record Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA) announced today during its 54th Annual Meeting skier visits at its 22-member ski areas totaled 7.3 million during the 2016-17 season. It is estimated that after final numbers are tallied, the 2016-17...

  • Trestle Bike Park opens this Saturday

    Winter Park Resort Opens for Summer this Saturday

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    Winter Park Resort will open summer operations this Saturday, June 10 with a big kick-off weekend that includes the 8th annual Winter Park Chocolate Festival and the opening of Trestle Bike Park...

  • A Pro Offers A Tip Per Day During Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month

    on January 18 | in Kids & Family Friendly Zone, Skiing & Snowboarding | by | with Comments Off on A Pro Offers A Tip Per Day During Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month

    Aspen/Snowmass

    Aspen/Snowmass

    by Kristen Lummis, braveskimom.com

    What do free ride skiing legend Glen Plake, Olympians Bode Miller and Daron Rahlves and Kevin Jordan, the Children’s Coordinator for the Ski and Snowboard Schools of Aspen/Snowmass, have in common?

    Besides incredible skill on skis, they are Ambassadors on the Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month Leadership Team, charged with getting people fired up about winter and about learning how to ski and snowboard.

    Jordan is one of three PSIA ski instructors on the team, and the only team member from Colorado. As someone with extensive experience working with beginner skiers, Jordan has created a Facebook page that shares one “learn-to” tip each day during January.

    Tips include how to size skis, how many pairs of socks to wear, knowing “The Code” and more.  The tips don’t have to be read in order, and some will resonate more with some people than others. But they are all designed to help “clue in” beginners and give them some heads-up information.

    “I wanted to do something that would help beginners,” explains Jordan. “One of the biggest challenges in learning a new sport is that there are a lot of questions. Everyone wants to learn quickly and be good at something right away. They don’t want to look silly or look like they don’t know what they are doing.”

    Jordan’s goal is to help answer beginners’ questions, before they’re even asked. His favorite tip is that learning to ski or snowboard should be fun. And also, that it’s a process that will take more than one lesson.

    “Learning a winter sport is not a ‘one-off’ experience,” he explains. “There is always something that we can improve upon in terms of skill development.”

    Lessons aren’t just for beginners, and teaching pros have plenty of skills they can share with intermediate and advanced skiers to help them explore the mountain in a safe and fun manner.

    “For example, at the Ski and Snowboard Schools of Aspen/Snowmass, we teach kids how to ‘self-arrest’ or stop themselves before we take them onto steep terrain,” Jordan shares.

    “We have a double black diamond checklist and this ‘self arrest’ skill is just on of the many skills they learn and have to be proficient in before we take them into this difficult terrain.”

    So whether you’re a beginner, intermediate or advanced skier or rider, check out Jordan’s tips and take a lesson this January. It will be so much more fun than hibernating!

    When You Go…

    For information on Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month programs available across Colorado, check with your local resort or check out this information from Colorado Ski Country USA.

    If you and your family do find yourself at Aspen/Snowmass this season, Jordan suggests purchasing half and full-day private lessons at least seven days in advance for the greatest savings. He also suggests that families check out the Treehouse Kids’ Adventure Center, which has programming for infants through teenagers, and Ullr Nights.

    An on-mountain celebration of winter, Ullr Nights happens every Friday night through March 28 at the top of the Elk Camp Gondola with great food, live music, sledding, ice skating and skibiking. As for skiing Snowmass, Jordan suggests taking a “couple of days to explore the mountain.”

    “Snowmass offers something for everyone, from a beginner’s paradise at 10,000 feet known as the Elk Camp Meadows, to extreme terrain in the Cirque and the Hanging Valley Wall.

    “For intermediates and advanced skiers and riders, try skiing or riding from one side of the mountain to the other. It will take you a few days to really do this.

    “I’m still learning new lines here in some of the extreme terrain!”

    Enjoy!

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  • Ski and Snowboard at Aspen Gay Ski Week for a Great Cause

    on January 17 | in Aspen Mountain, Events, Skiing & Snowboarding, Snowmass | by | with Comments Off on Ski and Snowboard at Aspen Gay Ski Week for a Great Cause

    Aspen Gay Ski Week, Aspen/Snowmass

    Aspen Gay Ski Week, Aspen/Snowmass

    Aspen Gay Ski Week is a week-long LGBTQ winter event held in January each year, featuring daily skiing/boarding on one of the four mountains in the area with guides for all abilities. There are also daily apres ski parties, dinners, comedy, film, boutique & art walk, nightly parties, snow shoeing, sleigh rides, yogo & spa days, and much more. Continue Reading

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  • Why Not Head to Southwest Colorado for the Holiday Weekend?

    on January 15 | in Resorts, Skiing & Snowboarding | by | with Comments Off on Why Not Head to Southwest Colorado for the Holiday Weekend?

    L-R: Wolf Creek Ski Area; John Trousdale, Durango Mountain Resort

    L-R: Wolf Creek Ski Area; John Trousdale, Durango Mountain Resort

    A three-day weekend is a precious and rare commodity. With Martin Luther King weekend just around the corner, we have some fun ideas to spark your imagination about a different part of Colorado than you might typically consider.

    Durango, Colorado, is nestled in the Southwest corner of the state and is home to Purgatory at Durango Mountain Resort. Purgatory has 1,360 skiable acres to explore with plenty of eateries to refuel after a long day of fun. Move over San Francisco, Durango happens to boast the highest number of restaurants per capita than any city in the nation. In addition to the skiing, here are other fun winter activities: Continue Reading

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  • Powder Reigns All Across Colorado Ski Country USA

    on January 14 | in Resorts, Skiing & Snowboarding | by | with Comments Off on Powder Reigns All Across Colorado Ski Country USA

    Tripp Fay Copper 1.11.14_18

    Tripp Fay, Copper Mountain

    A widespread winter storm that entered Colorado last Wednesday has blanketed all corners of Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA) in snow, delivering powder days at all 21 CSCUSA resorts. This most recent weather system has dumped up to 31 inches on grateful snowriders in some places with more snow to come today. Since the storm began late last week, CSCUSA resorts have received 20.0 inches of new snow on average; 18 resorts have recorded double-digit snow totals, and seven resorts have enjoyed two feet or more of fresh powder. Continue Reading

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  • Ten Tips To Have the Best Day of Your Life at Silverton Mountain

    on January 13 | in Resorts, Skiing & Snowboarding | by | with Comments Off on Ten Tips To Have the Best Day of Your Life at Silverton Mountain

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    Photo of Silverton Mountain by Jason Barber

    by Megan Barber, Curbed Ski

    [Note: Curbed is an online magazine covering the built environment in sixteen major North American cities. Their newest venture, Colorado-based Curbed Ski, provides comprehensive coverage of ski resorts across the United States and Canada. We will be re-posting Curbed Ski’s coverage of Colorado Ski Country USA resorts throughout the 2014 season.]

    Silverton Mountain may have only one chairlift, but it is among the most memorable mountains you’ve never skied. With over 400 inches of average annual snowfall and 100% expert terrain, this unique ski area (don’t call it a resort) is big on powder and tiny on amenities. Leave your UGGs and fur coats at home, Silverton requires every skier to wear an avalanche beacon, prove pole, and shovel (rentals available). The easiest run down the mountain is 35 degrees, so only come if you are ready for an epic day of untracked pow turns and long hikes. Curbed Ski loves this place so we’ve created a handy guide to get you on the mountain and lovin’ life quicker than you can say powder. Continue Reading

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  • Sunlight Mountain Resort Hosts Ski Spree Extravaganza Feb. 8-9

    on January 10 | in Kids & Family Friendly Zone, Skiing & Snowboarding | by | with Comments Off on Sunlight Mountain Resort Hosts Ski Spree Extravaganza Feb. 8-9

    Jennie Spillane, Sunlight Mountain Resort

    Jennie Spillane, Sunlight Mountain Resort

    February is the doldrums of the winter season; the holidays have long since passed and spring break is still weeks away. Sunlight Mountain Resort in Glenwood Springs solves this dilemma by hosting a midseason pick-me-up party: the annual ANB Bank Ski Spree celebration, a weekend-long, action-packed winter festival, scheduled this year for Feb. 8-9.

    Ski Spree is Sunlight’s salute to everything we love about winter: skiing, snowboarding, racing and eating lots of delicious food,” said Tom Jankovsky, general manager for Sunlight Mountain Resort. “It’s a chance for some midseason merrymaking; we tend to get a little crazy and have a lot of fun.”

    Ski Spree events kick off on Saturday, Feb. 8, at 11 a.m. with a much-anticipated rail jam competition, sanctioned by the United States of America Snowboard Association (USASA). Part of the USASA Rocky Mountain Series, the event is an opportunity for competitors to accumulate points toward qualifying for the national competition in April. It promises to draw elite athletes from around the region to compete. The rail jam is also a favorite for spectators; athletes wow the crowds and try to impress the judges by jumping, sliding, riding and performing tricks on a USASA-approved course of rails, boxes, pipes, walls and other objects. Onlookers can watch the competition from the comfort of the lodge deck, and those 21 and over can enjoy the resort’s drink specials throughout the weekend. Continue Reading

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  • Arapahoe Basin’s Montezuma Bowl to open Friday, January 10

    on January 9 | in Resorts, Skiing & Snowboarding | by | with Comments Off on Arapahoe Basin’s Montezuma Bowl to open Friday, January 10

    The Montezuma Bowl, Arapahoe Basin Ski Area

    The Montezuma Bowl, Arapahoe Basin Ski Area

    Arapahoe Basin Ski Area (A-Basin) announced today that Montezuma Bowl, the ski area’s backside terrain, will open late-morning this Friday, January 10, 2014. Added during the 2007-2008 ski season, Montezuma Bowl boasts intermediate, advanced and expert terrain, as well as one of the best vistas in Summit County. The conditions this season have allowed for Montezuma Bowl to open over a month earlier than last season.

    Open runs will include the intermediate trails Columbine, Larkspur and Independence; Columbine and Larkspur will be groomed top-to-bottom. This season’s tremendous snow coverage will also allow for some tree skiing terrain to open, such as Miner’s Glade. More trail openings will be announced on the Arapahoe Basin Facebook page as well as Al’s Blog as they occur.

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  • Skiing and Snowboarding Under the Golden Dome

    on January 8 | in Resorts, Skiing & Snowboarding | by | with Comments Off on Skiing and Snowboarding Under the Golden Dome

    Dome,_Colorado_State_Capitol_-_DSC01267by Patrick Byrne, CSCUSA Public Affairs Manager

    Today marks the first day of the second session of the 69th Colorado General Assembly. Every year, for 120 days between January and May one hundred citizen legislators convene at the State Capitol in Denver to create public policy, revise and repeal laws that are outdated, and create new laws to address the changing needs and priorities of our society.

    Whether it’s transportation policy, water law, public safety issues, or a host of other policy concerns, what goes on at the Capitol directly affects Colorado’s ski resorts and its skiers and snowboarders. One part of the mission of Colorado Ski Country USA is to represent our resorts in discussions with government agencies and elected officials at the local, state, and federal levels. By uniting 21 Colorado ski resorts to speak with one voice, we are very effective at making sure that the concerns and interests of Colorado’s skiing and snowboarding population are heard and respected by policymakers.

    From now until May, you will periodically see legislative updates on Club Colorado. We want to ensure that our readership is well-informed about issues that can potentially affect the quality of their skiing and snowboarding experience, both positive and negative, so that you can get involved. Grassroots participation is the lifeblood of representative democracy, so don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you have questions or concerns about what’s happening at the Capitol and how it might affect our state’s signature winter sport.

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  • Colorado Ski Country Resorts Promote Slopewise Skiing and Riding for National Safety Month

    on January 7 | in Kids & Family Friendly Zone, Resorts, Skiing & Snowboarding | by | with Comments Off on Colorado Ski Country Resorts Promote Slopewise Skiing and Riding for National Safety Month

    Tripp Fay, Copper Mountain

    Tripp Fay, Copper Mountain

    January is National Safety Month at ski resorts across America, and Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA) member resorts are hosting special safety-related programs and activities all month long to raise awareness and demonstrate the many ways they work to keep the slopes safe every day.

    Throughout January resorts are working to educate guests about on-mountain safety and responsibilities. This is happening with a variety of activities at the resorts and in some cases in local mountain communities with resort staff visiting local schools to educate kids on safe skiing and snowboarding.

    Safety activities at the resorts include ski patrol conducting a wide array of hands-on demonstrations such as bringing guests on patrol sweeps at the end of the day, training exercises, and many more interactive safety experiences. Additionally, some resorts’ highly-trained avalanche dogs will show off their impressive skills in avalanche response simulations, an annual favorite for guests. Continue Reading

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  • A Dad’s Season on the Bunny Slope

    on January 6 | in Kids & Family Friendly Zone, Resorts, Skiing & Snowboarding | by | with Comments Off on A Dad’s Season on the Bunny Slope

    Casey Day, Powderhorn

    Casey Day, Powderhorn Mountain Resort

    By James Lummis, braveskimom.com

    I am a professional and I think it imperative to involve professionals when you want to get the job done correctly.  This is true whether you’re hiring an architect, doctor or auto mechanic. It’s also true when you’re learning to ski.

    When our second son was three years old, we signed him up for ski lessons on Sundays. After his first lesson, he was excited to practice, so for the rest of the winter he skied with me every time he didn’t have a lesson.

    That season I skied 13 days at Powderhorn Mountain Resort and never left the bunny slope. Continue Reading

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